Geforce 7900GT or 7600GT for me.

I have just made up my mind to go with an AMD built first. so now I have a dilemma choosing a GPU

I'm a designer and work with alot of graphic programs like Adobe photoshop and illustrator.

I want a good GPU that can play games like FEAR and BF2 at average resolution but not too expensive.

So I'm leaning towards a 7600GT because of its price.
But 7900GT seems very appealing to me with the 256mb bust.
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  1. The 7600GT is very good for the money, and it'll fit you nicely. If money is a factor, go for the 7600GT.
  2. Quote:
    The 7600GT is very good for the money, and it'll fit you nicely. If money is a factor, go for the 7600GT.


    actually 2 7600GT's in SLi would help out on the graphic desiging part.
  3. He was asking about a single 7600GT...
  4. Quote:
    The 7600GT is very good for the money, and it'll fit you nicely. If money is a factor, go for the 7600GT.


    He meant to say "The 7900GT is very good for the money, and it'll fit you nicely. If money is a factor, go for the 7600GT."
  5. Quote:
    The 7600GT is very good for the money, and it'll fit you nicely. If money is a factor, go for the 7600GT.


    He meant to say "The 7900GT is very good for the money, and it'll fit you nicely. If money is a factor, go for the 7600GT."
    No. I meant what I said in the first post....
  6. Thank you all for the fast replies.

    I heard that SLI for 7600GT is pointless.
    If it does help ill SLI :D
  7. By the time you SLI, it'll be totally pointless. :P
  8. Is it a big jump in preformance from 7600GT to the 7900GT?

    I dont tend to play games at the max setting.
  9. If you're not playing at max settings, then there's no point of 7900GT. 7600GT will do that fine. A lot of games will play close to max with the 7600GT anyway.
  10. it is a big jump in terms of performance...i would go for the 7900GT if i you had the money, it's worth every penny i think, if you don't want to spend so much the 7600GT is also good...


    just to throw another option in, an ATI X1800XT is also a great performer that is equal to and more times than not better than the 7900GT at stock speeds...if you don't plan on overclocking, then an x1800xt would be great...

    can get one from newegg SAPPHIRE X1800XT 256MB for 260$

    or an OEM for only $240 SAPPHIRE X1800XT 256MB

    or a the 7900GTs

    i'd recommend either of these
    XFX 7900 GT (470MHz) 256MB

    MSI 7900GT 256MB
  11. Quote:
    If you're not playing at max settings, then there's no point of 7900GT. 7600GT will do that fine. A lot of games will play close to max with the 7600GT anyway.


    if he plans on playing FEAR, a 7600GT would have a hard time and it would be very much worth it to go for the 7900GT i would say...

    to top it off it will last him longer, as it seems he doesn't upgrade that often it would be good for future titles also
  12. prozac is correct, i have a 6800gt with 256mb and amd 3700cpu

    a friend of mine has the same mobo<asus a8n 32sli deluxe>
    but with an x2 4800 and a single 7600gt.
    a thermaltake shark tower with a big water 745 cooling and
    all that fancy sh@#. he dosent overclock, doent eventry

    anyway i have played games on his and cant see any diff
    so i agree the 76gt with only 128mb seems preety damn good.
  13. 7900GT.
  14. i would go with the x1800xt as it is cheaper than the 7900gt and is Generally faster
  15. I think ill go for 7900GT I might play at hight performance

    what do you guys think about this card?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150150

    or if you can recomment a brand
    and if i want ATI which one is good?
  16. the x1800xt is faster and cheaper than the 7900gt and the 7900gt has som problems
  17. can you recommend a good x1800xt?
  18. sappire, connect 3d, asus and HIS are the best brands but it doesnt reeli matter just go with the cheapest
  19. My answer was from the standpoint of 7600GT vs. 7900GT, and the X1800XT usually performs about the same as the 7900GT, but does have support for OpenEXR HDR with antialiasing, High quality anisotropic filtering that is not angle dependant, and some nice AVIVO features.
  20. Quote:
    can you recommend a good x1800xt?


    look at my post earlier...
  21. man i actually made up my mind going for nvidia but now with the announcement with AMD and ATI merging I don't know what to choose now haha.

    I know development of AMD/ATI product wont happen anytime soon.
  22. Will the x1800xt produce more sound as it has an extra slot for a fan or is it pretty much the same?

    I'm concerned with keeping my case relatively quiet without watercooling.
  23. If you don't overclock and have good case air flow, the Sapphire X1800XT is not bad at all volume wise. My evga 7800GT is louder and more annoying than my X1800XT as the Radeon's fan usually is running a maximum of 50% RPM only while gaming and less when idling. If you overclock and want to manually turn up the GPU fan speed, then the X1800XT's cooler gets loud and annoying at higher RPM. AT 100% speed it's downright obnoxious, but there is no reason to run it that high (I only did while trying to finds it's maximum overclock.) Also if you live in a warm climate with no AC and high room temps, then the X1800Xt may get reving pretty high. I'd say above 70% it's too loud. From what I have heard the 7900GT's coolers are often louder than the X1800XT, and being a single slot cooler they circulate the hot air within your case where the X1800XT's dual slot cooler pumps almost all the hot air out of the case. If noise is a concern there are options to add a quiet aftermarket cooler onto either card.
  24. i just order the x1900xt lolz.

    Hope ill get the rebate lolz
  25. Any recommendations for an after market x1800 cooler? i'll try it stock first but if its too loud, i'd like to consider a switch.
  26. http://www.newegg.com/Product/CustRatingReview.asp?Item=N82E16814130281
    Read the user reviews. #1 complaint is the loud 7900GT fan and no throttle control like the X1800T has. Second complaint is probably the 7900GT burning up issues.

    I tell ya, I like the Arctic cooler 2 slot fans, but I just got one of these Zalman vf900's (not for the X1800XT, but for a super quiet runs all day in the family room machine), and it's so nice an quiet; I'm lovin that thing. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835118001

    But yes, I would try the stock X1800Xt cooler first; I see no reason to change mine.
  27. Interestingly, Circuit City (at least the ones local for me (SouCal); I don't know about nationwide) is offering a deal this week on an evga 7600 GS 256mb for $89 AR. Not sure the performance difference between the GS and the GT, but a pair in SLI as a price competitor to the x1800gto is interesting to me.
  28. I was just in our local CC yesterday to pick up my $7.99 copy of BF2 special forces, but the 7600GS was marked as $129 for the PCI-e. They also had the AGP version, but no price was listed for it and I was too lazy/not interested enough to ask. I did note, that the best card the store had was a 7900GT. Nothing else came close. And the best ATI card was the X1600 pro for $199! 8O I tell ya, I actually care about people getting a good deal and not stores or comapnies making money; I felt like slapping a Newegg sticker on their display case in front or the X1600 pro and a note next to it saying "50% cheaper here".
  29. Listed price for that 7600gs in the ad I got in the paper was $149.99, with $60 worth of MIRs. So like I said, $89.99 AR. Oh, and it was the PCIe version, for sure.

    Yeah, I don't know what's up with brick-and-mortar stores and graphics cards. I mean, all the components are bad, pricewise, but GPUs are priced so horribly compared to etailers. I've no idea what's up with that. I mean, even Fry's is generally on the order of twice Newegg's prices.
  30. It's a scam for people with little knowlege of PCs who buy manufacture systems and figures out the graphics are crap. So where does john q public go? Why where they bought their PC of course. I had to learn that the hard way after my 1st computer.

    I'm in the same boat 7600GT vs. 7900GT, and the 1800XT is something I haven't looked at. Is it indeed better or the same? I will be doing some widescreen gaming with Oblivion, plus I'm thinking of picking up Fear.
  31. X1800XT is better for Oblivion by a long shot. Even better is the X1900XT, which is getting cheaper and cheaper. Rule out Oblivion and the 7900GT is a pretty similar performing card to the X1800XT.

    Look at this:
    http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/oblivion_high-end_performance/page5.asp
    The most GPU demanding areas of Oblivion are outside in the foliage. Check out how the X1800XT crushes the 7900GT in those areas. These were run at maximum detials, which really at your resolution is beyond the X1800XT's ability even. But it's a good comparison of how both cards do when Oblivion is set to hammer them into submission.
  32. I need help with graphic card too.I have a P-4 3.0 Ghz,512 MB DDR RAM,intel D915 GAVL board.I want to play games like FEAR,BF2,Elder Scroll 4 but 7900 GT is bit above my budget.I'm incline dtowards 7600 GT but i've been told that 6800 512 MB Xtreme is a better choice as it has 256 bit bus as compared to 128 bit.Now i don't know much abt this bit buses so i need an advice on this one.

    Also i have a 350W power supply,will this be ok for 7600 GT.
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